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Is Zimbabwe Preparing to Register More Radio Stations?

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo says government is ramping up its digitalization of the broadcasting industry, which could result in the system accommodating more television stations.

Moyo told journalists and media stakeholders in Bulawayo that Zimbabwe is on track to meeting the 2015 digitalization requirements by the International Telecommunications Union.

Speaking soon after taking office two weeks ago, Moyo said more television licences would soon be issued to end the monopoly by the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The Southern Eye newspaper reports that Moyo hinted that 40 commercial television stations could be licenced by 2015.

But the bigger question is how viable would these stations be in a small market like Zimbabwe. We posed that question to South African-based Zimbabwean communications consultant and broadcast journalist Nqobizitha Mkandla.